I've been working on teaching Luke some new signs, and one that we both love now is "silly". The sign involves bringing your thumb to your nose and rubbing it a few times. The introduction of this new sign was very quick and easy, as Luke truly enjoys making me laugh, and pays close attention when I am giggling at his antics.
Luke was very silly today. In his high chair during lunch, he tried all the different fruits in the fruit salad, even though he doesn't really like the pineapple or melon. He would stick his tongue out and lick each piece and make a funny face, and we both agreed, that was very silly!
I witnessed Luke try another funny little antic today, in which he put his hands behind his back and walked around in circles trying to make himself fall. He would giggle each time he tumbled, and get right back up to start over. I laughed and told him he was being silly, and he loved it! Bring on the giggles!
I love that we are able to communicate with each other! Even on a basic level, using American Sign Language has brought us many opportunities to share our thoughts with each other, and to avoid some meltdowns when Luke is able to make his desires known to me in a moment of need. We are nowhere near fluent in ASL, but we are moving forward and adding new signs all the time. It seems to be enhancing Luke's verbal language development as well.